Redacted Tonight #167 Stop Acting Surprised, Monsanto Banned, Fracking Banned, Wall Street Unleashed
Even before #HurricaneMaria, #PuertoRico was home to a severe economic + humanitarian crisis. While it’s crucial to help the island recover from the devastation of this hurricane, we absolutely must also use this opportunity to call attention to the ongoing colonization, oppression + exploitation of the Puerto Rican people by the US government and Wall Street. Speaking of Wall Street, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, which is supposed to supervise the financial markets, just announced a change in policy to rely less on supervising the industry directly. Instead it will rely more on banks self-reporting their own crimes, which sounds like a foolproof plan. Lee Camp breaks this down. Then, Natalie McGill joins Lee at the desk to discuss how Congress doesn’t think twice about war money, yet may end a program that ensures medical care for poor children. Then Naomi Karavani reports on a Supreme Court case that may end collective bargaining through for workers against their employers.
Lee Camp explains why the fact that even wealthy professional athletes are waking up to our corrupt + racist political system can’t be dismissed as hatred of President Trump. Lack of accountability in policing and the prison industry are systems of oppression that are upheld by the entire political establishment, including those funding the media. Lee also explains how the impending tax reform policy will be yet another massive transfer of wealth to the wealthy elite. This could not come at a worse time, since it is ultimately economic inequality that gives rise to social inequality. Naomi Karavani joins Lee at the desk to discuss Philadelphia’s success at decreasing their incarcerated population. Then Natalie McGill shows how Chicago is planning on spending millions to make law enforcement even less community based than before.